Lupita Nyong'o

Lupita Amondi Nyong'o (born 1 March 1983) is a Kenyan-Mexican actress and author. She began her career in Hollywood as a production assistant. In 2008, she made her acting debut with the short film East River and subsequently returned to Kenya to star in the television series Shuga (2009–2012). In 2009, she wrote, produced and directed the documentary In My Genes. She then pursued a master's degree in acting from the Yale School of Drama. She had her first feature film role as Patsey in 12 Years a Slave (2013), for which she received critical acclaim and won several awards, including the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress. She became the first Kenyan and Mexican actress to win an Academy Award. She made her Broadway debut as a teenage orphan in the play Eclipsed (2015), for which she was nominated for a Tony Award for Best Actress in a Play. She went on to perform a motion capture role as Maz Kanata in the Star Wars sequel trilogy (2015–2019) and a lead voice role as Raksha in The Jungle Book (2016). Her career progressed with her role as Nakia in the Marvel Cinematic Universe superhero film Black Panther (2018) and her starring role in Jordan Peele's critically acclaimed horror film Us (2019). In addition to acting, she supports historic preservation. She is vocal about preventing sexual harassment and working for women's and animal rights. In 2014, she was named the most beautiful woman by People. She has also written a children's book named Sulwe (2019), ...

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Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker (2019)

The surviving Resistance faces the First Order once again as the journey of Rey, Finn and Poe Dameron continues. With the power and knowledge of generations behind them, the final battle begins.  (more)

DIRECTION:  J.J. Abrams
CAST:  Daisy Ridley  •  John Boyega  •  Adam Driver  •  Oscar Isaac

Star Wars: The Last Jedi (2017)

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Rey develops her newly discovered abilities with the guidance of Luke Skywalker, who is unsettled by the strength of her powers. Meanwhile, the Resistance prepares to do battle with the First Order.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Rian Johnson
CAST:  Oscar Isaac  •  Benicio del Toro  •  Adam Driver  •  Daisy Ridley

Non-Stop (2014)

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Bill Marks is a burned-out veteran of the Air Marshals service. He views the assignment not as a life-saving duty, but as a desk job in the sky. However, today's flight will be no routine trip. Shortly into the transatlantic journey from New York to London, he ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Jaume Collet-Serra
CAST:  Liam Neeson  •  Julianne Moore  •  Anson Mount  •  Michelle Dockery

Star Wars: The Force Awakens (2015)

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Thirty years after defeating the Galactic Empire, Han Solo and his allies face a new threat from the evil Kylo Ren and his army of Stormtroopers.  (more)

DIRECTION:  J.J. Abrams
CAST:  Mark Hamill  •  Carrie Fisher  •  Harrison Ford  •  Anthony Daniels

In My Genes (2009)

Agnes may not seem like someone with much to laugh about. For one thing, she has albinism - a lack of pigment in the skin, hair and eyes - and her appearance has provoked prejudice from family, friends and strangers since she was born. But despite all odds, Agnes ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Lupita Nyong'o
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12 Years a Slave (2013)

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In the pre-Civil War United States, Solomon Northup, a free black man from upstate New York, is abducted and sold into slavery. Facing cruelty as well as unexpected kindnesses Solomon struggles not only to stay alive, but to retain his dignity. In the twelfth year ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Steve McQueen
CAST:  Chiwetel Ejiofor  •  Michael Fassbender  •  Lupita Nyong'o  •  Dickie Gravois

Secrets of the Force Awakens: A Cinematic Journey (2016)

An inside look at the making of the movie Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens (2015), featuring footage and exclusive interviews with the actors and filmmakers.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Laurent Bouzereau
CAST:  Daisy Ridley  •  John Boyega  •  Harrison Ford  •  Mark Hamill

The Jungle Book (2016)

A man-cub named Mowgli fostered by wolves. After a threat from the tiger Shere Khan, Mowgli is forced to flee the jungle, by which he embarks on a journey of self discovery with the help of the panther, Bagheera and the free-spirited bear, Baloo.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Jon Favreau
CAST:  Scarlett Johansson  •  Idris Elba  •  Lupita Nyong'o  •  Ben Kingsley

Black Panther (2018)

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King T'Challa returns home from America to the reclusive, technologically advanced African nation of Wakanda to serve as his country's new leader. However, T'Challa soon finds that he is challenged for the throne by factions within his own country as well as ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Ryan Coogler
CAST:  Chadwick Boseman  •  Michael B. Jordan  •  Andy Serkis  •  Lupita Nyong'o

Queen of Katwe (2016)

A young girl overcomes her disadvantaged upbringing in the slums of Uganda to become a Chess master.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Mira Nair
CAST:  David Oyelowo  •  Lupita Nyong'o  •  Ntare Guma Mbaho Mwine  •  Martin Kabanza

Disneyland 60th Anniversary TV Special (2016)

Walt Disney, one of the ultimate dreamers, used his uninhibited imagination and determination to create what became the springboard for all of the Walt Disney Company's spirited and wildly successful creativity that followed -- his crowning achievement: Disneyland. ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Louis J. Horvitz
CAST:  Elton John  •  Idina Menzel  •  Derek Hough  •  Jessie J

Star Wars: Greatest Moments (2015)

Alex Zane counts down the top 20 Star Wars moments as voted by the public. Includes contributions from famous fans as well as the stars and crew of the intergalactic saga.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Tim Postins
CAST:  J.J. Abrams  •  Judd Apatow  •  David Boreanaz  •  Edith Bowman

East River (2009)

An interloper wanders uncommon spaces and fashions deceiving relationships amidst the industrial ruins of Brooklyn.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Marc Grey
CAST:  Lupita Nyong'o  •  Tommaso Spinelli

This Is My Africa (2008)

Interviewees discuss the memories, tastes and experiences that they associate with Africa for a personal vision of the continent.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Zina Saro-Wiwa
CAST:  Colin Firth  •  Chiwetel Ejiofor  •  Lupita Nyong'o  •  John Akomfrah

August 28: A Day in the Life of a People (2017)

Documentary film on events that happened on August 28th in African-American history, shown at the Smithsonian African-American History Museum.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Ava DuVernay
CAST:  Don Cheadle  •  Regina King  •  Angela Bassett  •  Gugu Mbatha-Raw

Us (2019)

Husband and wife Gabe and Adelaide Wilson take their kids to their beach house expecting to unplug and unwind with friends. But as night descends, their serenity turns to tension and chaos when some shocking visitors arrive uninvited.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Jordan Peele
CAST:  Lupita Nyong'o  •  Elisabeth Moss  •  Winston Duke  •  Yahya Abdul-Mateen II

Little Monsters (2019)

A washed-up musician teams up with a teacher and a kids show personality to protect young children from a sudden outbreak of zombies.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Abe Forsythe
CAST:  Lupita Nyong'o  •  Josh Gad  •  Alexander England  •  Nadia Townsend

Warrior Women with Lupita Nyong'o (2019)

The Black Panther star uncovers the astounding true story of the Agoji, Benin’s female army – or as Europeans labeled them, the 'Amazons – then finds the last warrior left alive.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Anna Cox
CAST:  Lupita Nyong'o

The 355 (2021)

A group of top female agents from government agencies around the globe try to stop an organization from acquiring a deadly weapon to send the world into chaos.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Simon Kinberg
CAST:  Jessica Chastain  •  Sebastian Stan  •  Penélope Cruz  •  Lupita Nyong'o

One World: Together at Home (2020)

A global broadcast & digital special organized by Global Citizen and the World Health Organization featuring comedians, musicians, and actors to raise funds in support of front line health workers in the global response to COVID-19.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Alex Coletti
CAST:  Jimmy Fallon  •  Jimmy Kimmel  •  Stephen Colbert  •  Lady Gaga
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